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Chesapeake Bay

Sculpture Gardens

Stop the Presses

Civil Rights

Electric Utopia

Half Volt Hacks

Clay: Earth and Fire

Home to Harlem

Biodiversity in Costa Rica

Extended Study Week Program Descriptions

Chesapeake Bay Environment and History

How has history impacted the bay? How has the bay impacted history?

Connecting science and their learning of American culture in Humanities, Grade 6 students will engage in field investigations, which will incorporate some or all of the following topics:

  • History and folklore of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Underwater grasses
  • Crabbing, fishing, and oystering
  • Salt marsh explorations
  • Field journals and naturalist views
  • Weather watch

Students will be staying two nights and three days at the newly renovated Karen Noonan Center in Bishops Head, MD. There are eleven canoes at the Center which will be used for outdoor activities. The Center houses a maximum of 22 students which means that all sixth graders will be staying in the same location but separated boys/girls.

Sculpture Gardens

How do artists create monuments and memorials sculptures for a specific time, place, and topic?

Students will visit different sculpture gardens in Washington DC, Baltimore MD and Trenton NJ. Through various workshops they will learn about modern and traditional sculpture subjects and techniques. They will sketch, photograph, and create miniature sculptures at each location. For their final project, students will work in pairs or small groups to design their own sculpture garden somewhere on Barrie campus, inspired by the places they visited and their own imaginations. It will be made by curating their sketches and miniature sculptures from the workshops to create a model, map, or virtual experience.

Civil Rights

Why did people risk their lives to stand up for civil rights? How did they do it?

The American Civil Rights ESW draws on the grade 7 theme of “Respect for Self” and the grade 8 theme of “Respect for Others”. Students will visit the memorials, museums, battlegrounds, and historical places that tell key parts of the story of America’s continuing struggle for freedom and justice for all of its citizens. During travel to the Deep South, students will have an opportunity to interact with people who took part in some of the historical events that we study.

Students will begin in Washington, DC for the first three days. We will then fly to Atlanta, GA and travel through the Alabama towns of Montgomery and Selma by bus before returning home. We will be working with the award-winning Sojourn Project (http://sojournproject.com); Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, is tentatively slated to join us on the program.

Stop the Presses

What ethical principles guide journalists as they work, and how do ethics impact the ways in which certain topics are covered?

“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws” (Douglas Adams). With each new innovation in technology and social media, this claim is truer than ever, forcing journalists to reconsider their own ethical responsibilities and obligations when they cover “bad news.” Decisions must be made about what can and what should become part of the news. In this ESW, students will explore the history of news media, including the ethics of journalism and the controversies journalists face when covering major catastrophes. Moreover, this ESW will serve as an introduction to the basics of running an online newspaper, with students ultimately creating their own, and reporting on local events and other ESWs. Students will visit the Washington Post, WAMU, the Newseum, and Voice of America.

Electric Utopia

Can skateboards make the world a better place to live?

This ESW is for those who care about the environment, specifically about climate change, but aren’t sure what they as individuals can do to help solve a problem of such magnitude. This ESW will explore one possible solution: the electric skateboard! Electric skateboards are the least expensive and the most convenient electric vehicles that we have today. For this ESW, each student will have their own electric skateboard, which they will keep at the end of the ESW. The challenge will be to use this skateboard, along with mass transit, as one’s sole means of transportation for one week. As a way of learning the advantages and disadvantages of electric vehicles, students will plan many of the week’s activities. When we’re not riding our skateboards, we will learn about the science and politics of climate change, the inner workings of electric vehicles, and other ways in which an ordinary person can help to reduce their carbon footprint.

Half Volt Hacks

How can we turn "junk electronics" into useful, functional items?

Half Volt Hacks is a program designed around the idea that we can “hack” items around us, to create new and interesting objects. In this program we’ll be focusing on electronics hacks, by taking apart cheap toys and gadgets from local thrift and dollar stores, seeing what makes them tick, and reassembling them into new and useful things- and also some not-so-useful-but-fun things. Along the way we’ll learn the basics of DC circuits, radio control, the proper use of soldering irons and multimeters, and rechargeable battery technology. There will be lots of duct tape, hot glue, and elbow grease involved, and while we can’t guarantee our creations won’t break before the end of the week, you will definitely know how to fix them!

Clay: Earth and Fire

What raw materials add color to pottery? And what is clay anyway? What variables are involved with creating pottery without electricity? How are ceramics and chemistry related?

In this hands-on program students will expand their knowledge of what clay is and how it can be processed. Not only will they learn the properties of different clays and glazes, they will learn how ancient peoples used the material to create functional objects before there were electric kilns or wheels. We will visit ceramics studios and galleries, interview artists, and create individual and group projects using experimental techniques. Students may also have the opportunity to harvest their own clay from a local mine, and create their own glaze from basic elements, and see different types of alternative firing techniques. Students will work on original pieces, visit Baltimore’s Clayworks and Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory.

Home to Harlem

What made Harlem such an inviting destination for African Americans in the early part of the 20th Century? How did the art, music, literature, and culture of the Harlem Renaissance influence American Society?

In the 1920s, African-American literature, art, music, dance, and social commentary flourished in Harlem, in uptown New York City. This cultural movement, which redefined African-American expression, became known as the Harlem Renaissance. This ESW program invites upper school students to learn more about this unique time in American history by visiting important Harlem landmarks, studying the work of artists like Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Duke Ellington, and creating works of visual, literary, and performing art that connect the Harlem Renaissance to their experiences in America today. The trip will spend two or three nights in New York City, and the remaining ESW days in the DC area.

Biodiversity in Costa Rica

How has the biodiversity of Costa Rica affected its rich history and culture as well as its relationships with the world?

This unforgettable tour explores one of Central America’s most spectacular and bio-diverse areas. You’ll visit Arenal Volcano and hike through Monteverde Cloudforest – home to 400 species of birds, 100 kinds of mammals, and over 500 types of butterflies. Our Costa Rican guides will teach you about this amazing landscape and wildlife, while introducing you to local culture. You’ll also participate in a not-to-be missed snorkeling trip with sea turtles in Tortuguero National Park or Cahuita and a heart-pounding whitewater rafting trip on the Rio Reventazón!

Oman Cultural Exchange and Arabic Language Study

How has Oman’s unique geographic location and culture had an influence on Middle East policy and global diplomacy?

Barrie Prep students on the Extended Study Week trip to Oman will be guests of the Center for International Learning—an institution specializing in the teaching of Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. Students will take three hours of introductory Arabic each day, followed by trips to places such as the Royal Opera House, the National Museum, archaeological sites, beaches, the Grand Mosque, and several restaurants serving Indian, Persian, Arab, and African foods. Barrie students will have consistent access to translators, docents, internet services, and American embassy contacts.

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